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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Inner Strength (04/20/06)

TITLE: Thank You God
By jan sargent
04/21/06


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Since my baptism, I was never far from the Lord but never as close as that year either. That is, until the year of 2001. My youngest a son was in a dire situation. I remember I was at a conference the week prior. Leaving my four year old son and my two daughters with my sister-in-law was such an exciting prospective for the three of them. I just knew I had someone I trusted watching them.
I returned with excitement to see them, I was beside myself I gave them the presents I collected and “off to bed”, I said. The first day back I returned to work. My mom had to watch him because after waking several times the night before complaining of pain in his hips he did not get much sleep. Through out the night I tried to rub them out which seemed to console him. The next day, my mom said that he refused to get off the couch all day unless she carried him. I knew that this was strange, but surely a ploy of a candy dinner would get him to come to the table. In his little voice if I have to walk I don’t want it. I knew that this was serious. Within 12 hours we were facing events I could not believe. Thinking he simply had growing pains to facing the thought that we were about to lose him.
My husband had just started law school and was in the midst of exams I could not tell him just yet how critical it was. My parents were so upset I knew they were unable to help. I just knew I had all that I needed to survive I had Him. The One, that through, Him all can be accomplished. I don’t know where else my inner strength, came from.
The next morning my precious little one was a stiff as a board arms stretched out like a crucifix as the doctors picked him up. Petechia, all over his little body, meningitis they said. Spinal taps revealed nothing. Test after test revealed nothing, but he was so sick I could not believe it.
Days went on as the doctor walked in and addressed, my little boy, with man-like strength, saying that “I am going to be a doctor when I grow up and I am going to come back to this hospital and I’m not going to hurt my patients”. My heart broke with every needle and every surgery. Kawasaki disease, several symptoms that appear in a series, seemed to be the explanation. There was no way to tell for sure. No tests could reveal that undoubtedly, besides we were running out of time. If the treatment for Kawasaki did not take place soon he would surely have some irreversible heart damage. I had to make a decision. Our pediatrician never returned my calls, my parents were in hysteria, my friends had never heard of the disease. I knew that the Holy Bible in the drawer was my only answer.
The night before the treatment began, where he would need a 24 hour nurse to keep watch for a possible heart attack; what does a 4 year old’s heart attack look like anyway? I was so afraid when my soul was touched by the arms of the Lord. I felt like Abraham who took Isaac to the mount and raised a knife to his son, but it was me and my little one looking up so scared instead of Isaac and Abraham. Suddenly I understood God’s intention for Abraham trust in your inner strength He was saying. I will not forsake you. I thought even if God takes my little one…. Even if this last procedure did not solve the problem He was there for my son, the doctors, and my family. My son was safely in HIS loving arms if he took him or if the procedure worked.
I never knew that inner strength that God gave me so many years ago would be so critical in saving my little boy, but it was. I praise God everyday for that dire situation that unfolded into my family’s blessing. I praise God as my son survived with no ill effects. His Glory remains in my heart as I know if I made it through that I can make it through anything.


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Edy T Johnson 04/28/06
You have a powerful story to tell, and you keep your reader glued to the page. Good job with the creative flow. With some editing (the drudgery part of writing :) I think you have an excellent article or devotional in the works. Thanks for sharing.